Are we in a recession? I’d say yes.
Are things tough all over? Unless you’re Paris Hilton, I’d say yes. (Although Paris has a set of problems that none of us will ever have to deal with, thank you God.)
Are people losing their jobs, tightening their belts and wondering how they’re going to make ends meet? Yes, yes and yes.
The Today Show, (which, if you keep up with this blog, you know is on every week morning while I drink my coffee…) just ran a segment on people who are needing help from food banks for the first time. The family that was profiled has two parents who work full-time, 3 children (2 of which need daycare, ouch!) and they are homeowners. These are people who have never needed assistance like this before, who are hard-working and productive, but have found themselves in this position due to circumstances beyond their control.
Can we talk? Lets discuss your premature reliance on a food bank.
Seriously, look at that register tape. (And yes, I know I just took a picture of the TV, but that is totally different from what Rich did, so shut up, shut up, shut up.)
Honestly, if you’re willing to go out of your way to rely on the charity of others and will deal with the inconvenience and embarrassment of standing in line for a food bank, how much more of an inconvenience is it to peel your own damn carrots and see if you can maybe save some money in the process? Perhaps you could avoid the food bank altogether?